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Old Feb 7 2008, 02:52 PM   #24
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Default Re: Dragon population and attrition

Originally Posted by ElectricDragon View Post
I reject the idea of the riders regulating clutch size by regulating the height of flights by permitting gorging. There seems to be no indication of such a practice and such stress is placed on blooding that it seems to be routine practice, even during Interval. As the height and duration of the flight is believed to effect not just quantity, but quality of the clutch, there would be a strong incentive not to permit a queen to gorge, even during Interval.
I don't think this idea can be rejected out of hand. If I remember correctly, F'lessan does some specific musing to himself about how the dragon population could be kept under control After in The Skies of Pern, and he specifically considers shallow mating flights. Gorging is not specifically mentioned, though.
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